SANAA, the Tokyo-based architects of the Toledo Museum of Art’s Glass Pavilion, have won the prestigious Pritzker Prize.
Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa are only the second partnership — and the first female-male team — to win the award, which is given annually by Chicago’s billionaire Pritzker family to a living architect for “significant contributions to humanity.”
Sejima, 53, and Nishizawa, who at 44 is the youngest architect to win the Pritzker, have dazzled critics and colleagues with such deceptively simple structures as the Glass Pavilion of the Toledo Museum of Art and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City.
Since founding in 1901, the Toledo Museum of Art has earned a global reputation for the quality of it’s collection, innovative and extensive education programs, and architecturally significant campus.
More than 30,000 works of art represent American and European painting, the history of art in glass, ancient Greek, Roman, and Egyptian works, Asian and African art, medieval art, sculpture, decorative arts, graphic arts, and modern and contemporary art.
The main Museum building interior contains four and a half acres of floor space on two levels. It has 45 galleries, 15 classroom studios, the 1,750-seat Peristyle concert hall, the 176-seat Little Theater lecture hall, the Resource Center for Educators, the Family Center, the Visual Resources Collection, the Museum Café, and the Museum Store featuring Collector’s Corner.
The Glass Pavilion has five galleries, a glass study room, classrooms, two hotshops, a multipurpose GlasSalon, public and private courtyard space, and a coffee bar.
Image: Toledo Museum of Art Glass Pavilion designed by SANAA. Photo by floto + warner.